About Us

Grape & Grain is an independent family owned company formed in late 2012 by Matt & Clair Holden. Matt & Clair met in 1993, both first year university students. Over the past 25 years they have travelled the world, renovated their family home and have had three beautiful yet crazy children. Grape & Grain is Matt & Clair’s next chapter, a very exciting chapter.
Joining Matt & Clair are Chris, Maria, Kelly, Luke & Paul who make up the Grape & Grain Team.

Matt Holden – Director
Matt’s passion for photography was overtaken by his passion for wine in his early twenties. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Photo Media he hung up his camera to taste his way through many tasting panels. Matt has 15 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, managing top venues all around the world, eventually settling back in Perth he went on to work in the wine wholesale industry for 10 years deciding to go out on his own in 2013.

Clair Chatel-Holden – Director
Fresh from completing her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Media Clair took a sales role with Peters & Brownes, WA’s leading supplier of dairy and ice cream products. Over 13 years she excelled in many roles including Channel Management, Trade Marketing & Sales Management. In August 2013 Clair took the plunge and resigned from Brownes to join the Grape & Grain team. Clair now splits her time between running all marketing and sales support for Grape & Grain and looking after three young children, often both roles at the same time.

Maria Murphy – Sales Consultant
Maria loves wine! After getting her BA in Culinary Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology Maria spent time in Michelin starred kitchens only to discover that wine was her real passion. She started her career in the wine industry in Ireland’s oldest wine merchants and continued her wine education completing her Diploma from the coveted Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London. Maria moved to Perth, worked a vintage in Margaret River in 2011 and then settled into the world of wine distributing.

Chris Bennett – Sales Consultant
Chris graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in New York. His love for Ice Hockey saw him move to Bristol, England where he played Semi Pro Hockey while managing Bentley Wine Bar, this is where he acquired a taste for wine. After moving to Australia Chris continued working in hospitality for a period of time, after a few stints in wine logistics he settled into sales working for over 10 years in wholesaling before joining Matt once again at Grape & Grain.

Luke Jackson – Sales Consultant
Luke has been working in the hospitality industry for over 18 years. Put simply, he is passionate about food and wine. Luke has managed and worked with teams in top restaurants all over Australia. In Perth he has enjoyed positions at Matilda Bay Restaurant, Print Hall, C Restaurant, Jacksons and (A)Lure. What began as an interest in fine dining and restaurant management naturally grew into a keen curiosity and love for wine. This saw Luke move to the wine wholesale industry allowing him to work alongside winemakers, restaurant owners and retailers continuing his wine affair. 2016 sees Luke returning to the wine industry to once again work with Matt, Chris and Maria and the team at Grape and Grain.

Paul Carruthers – Sales Consultant
Paul started his journey into food and wine working in hospitality in the UK and then by qualifying and working as a chef. He soon realised his passion for people, restaurants and all things vinous would suit the wine industry very well. With over 30 years experience in the field, in addition to completing Wine Marketing at Edith Cowan University, Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge, a dedication to great service and customer loyalty. Like all of us he is very happy to be working with great wines, beautiful beers and a brilliant team.

Kelly Comber – Financial Administrator
Kelly and Matt met many years ago working together at 44 King St back in 1999. Luckily for Grape & Grain Clair ran into Kel at the local shops and asked if she wanted to join her & Matt to start their new business. Kel is now not only the office guru but also Aunty Kelly to Matt & Clair’s three kids who ask ‘where’s Kelly’ each Saturday morning.